[Web4lib] Cites & Insights 9:3 (February 2009) now available

Walt Crawford waltcrawford at gmail.com
Sun Feb 8 16:45:39 EST 2009

<a href="http://citesandinsights.info/civ9i3.pdf"><em>Cites &amp;
Insights</em> 9:3, February 2009</a>, is now available for downloading.

The 30-page issue is PDF, as usual. Three of the essays are available as
HTML separates (using the links below). The first, which is also the
longest, is available as a PDF separate--the inclusion of embedded Excel
graphs within the document made HTML creation more cumbersome than I was
willing to deal with.

This issue features the article versions of my two presentations for the OLA
(Ontario Library Association) SuperConference, held just over a week ago in
Toronto, Ontario. The first article is a longer version of my session "Shiny
Toys or Useful Tools?"; the second article includes "My own take" as the
first set of Tech Trends, and that was my initial commentary during the "Top
Tech Trends" session.

Issue contents:
<h3><a href="http://citesandinsights.info/v9i3a.pdf">Making it Work: Shiny
Toys or Useful Tools? (pages 1-9)</a></h3>
<blockquote>Blogs and wikis aren't shiny new toys for libraries and
librarians any more. They've moved from toys to tools. This article includes
the only defensible definitions of blogs and wikis that I know of, some
comments about planning library blogs, and sections on the state of liblogs
and library blogs in December 2008. Included--for the first time in
C&amp;I--graphs, eight of them. (As noted, the link is to a 9-page
<h3><a href="http://citesandinsights.info/v9i3b.htm">Perspective: Tech
Trends, Trends and Forecasts (pages 9-18)</a></h3>
<blockquote>It's that time of year again--time for lots of trendy
commentaries. For a change, I begin with my own set: The trends I see "as
vital for thinking about libraries, technology and life."That's followed by
tech trends and commentaries from nine different sources, six of them
library-specific; two sets of general trends, one of them just full of
trendy neologisms; and three sets of forecasts (short-term predictions), one
of them coupled with a scorecard for 2008.</blockquote>
<h3><a href="http://citesandinsights.info/v9i3c.htm">Interesting &amp;
Peculiar Products (pages 18-23)</a></h3>
<blockquote>One long commentary on "budget" high-end audio systems and "the
rule of 10," plus comments on seven products (or groups of products) and
seven editors' choices and group reviews.</blockquote>
<h3><a href="http://citesandinsights.info/v9i3d.htm">Trends &amp; Quick
Takes (pages 23-29)</a></h3>
<blockquote>Four longer commentaries and six quicker takes.</blockquote>
<h3>My Back Pages (pages 29-30)</h3>
<blockquote>Four brief commentaries.</blockquote>

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